Afrobeats sensation Ayodeji Balogun, popularly known as Wizkid, has continued to shine the light of Afrobeats around the world. On November 16th, he became the second Nigerian to headline and sell out New York City’s famous Madison Square Garden.
People were glad to see Wizkid return to New York City after his new album “More Love, Less Ego,” which dropped just a few days before the concert, and his global smash “Essence,” featuring Tems.
DJ Tunez, Wizkid’s personal touring DJ, set the tone for the night by playing hip-hop and R&B throwback tunes, particularly those with New York City connections. This helped to get fans in the mood to party before Wizkid took the stage for his performance.
Wizkid took the stage, opening the night with “Ojuelegba,” his breakout single that introduced him to the majority of the world a few years ago. He delivered a memorable performance with the help of a choir and a full band.
The setlist for the night was created to provide the audience with a sonic experience. In addition, some of the songs were written with the intention of being performed with featured artists. Unlike the three nights at London’s 02 Arena last year, Wizkid chose to handle the performance on his own this time, singing and rapping the parts normally performed by his counterparts.
Fans also praised Wizkid for paying tribute to his colleague Davido, who recently lost his three-year-old son, Ifeanyi. During the concert, Dj Tunez played Davido’s breakout single “Dami Duro” to raucous applause from the audience. “Davido, we love you; OBO, we love you,” was heard on the speakers at the end of the song. Given the growing animosity between the two artists, fans regarded this action as a major accomplishment.
Wizkid performed an extended version of Essence near the end of the show, adding new chords and harmonies and engaging in a call and response with the audience. As he exited the stage, he thanked the audience for a memorable night well spent.